What we know
Rabbit hemorrhagic disease is a fatal disease in rabbits and is classified as a foreign animal disease in the United States. In February 2020, animal health officials detected rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus serotype 2 (RHDV2) in the United States. Since detection, RHDV2 has spread to multiple states across the southwest and is continuing to spread across the US.
- Is highly contagious and fatal
- Affects both domestic and wild rabbits
- Does not impact humans
Since RHDV2 spreads between rabbits, you can take action at home to reduce exposure by:
- Not allowing your pet rabbit to graze in outdoor areas that are frequented by wild rabbits.
- Ensuring that shoes worn outside are not worn in areas of the home where your pet rabbit has access.
- Not feeding weeds and flowers to your indoor rabbits from outdoor areas frequented by wild rabbits.
- Washing your hands before and after handling rabbits.
- Vaccinating your pet rabbit. RRR does its best to vaccinate our rabbits prior to adoption but due to availability of the vaccine, this isn't always possible.